Kids Books and Simple Art Activities that Spark Creative Thinking: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

September 3, 2014

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Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY of the Week: Vincent van Gogh’s Cat
    • by the Second Grade Students of East Washington Academy
  • Kids Books and Simple Art Activities that Spark Creative Thinking

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Books for Kids GIVEAWAY of the Week: Vincent van Gogh’s Cat

  • by the Second Grade Students of East Washington Academy

Why we love this book:

This art book written and illustrated by second grade students is truly inspirational and beautiful. This year’s Back to School Series has been all about stimulating children’s critical thinking and encouraging them to solve problems by thinking outside-of-the-box. Vincent van Gogh’s Cat takes this creative thought process and pours it into the form of a book. This book is an amazingly original approach to creative story writing and 20th Century Art.

We first meet Vincent van Gogh’s cat as he steps out of a field of sunflowers.

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We follow along as the cat tiptoes, leaps, twirls, dances  . . . and climbs through famous paintings. My kiddos had fun trying to name the artists features on each page. They quickly recognized familiar works of art like Icarus by Matisse. However, they were introduced to a few new artist as well. Miss Enigma is now in love with Georgia O’Keefe.

Share this book and be inspired. That’s all I have to say! (Not really, I always have more to say.)

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Last Friday, we took a field trip to the San Antonio Museum of Art where we were thrilled to view the collection Matisse A Life in Color. I could not resist snapping a photo of this quote featured along the wall of the parking lot. This quote sums up the reason I teach. My mission is to nurture and help children release the stored honey of their human soul. Not all children will create art but rather they will express themselves through music, writing, dancing, inventing . . . . The medium is not important . . . nurturing a vibrant and compassionate soul for all children is my passion.

So let’s enjoy a little creative expression as we continue our Back to School Creative Thinking Series . . .

Kids Books and Simple Art Activities

imagination – creative thinking – problem solving

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Book: Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

  • Mouse paint is the classic story of three white mice that discover three jars of paint – red, yellow, blue. What happens when you mix these three colors?
  • It was fun to see the familiar story of Mouse Paint through the fresh eyes of the teachers in Cambodia. It has been such a pleasure to share new activities created by my teacher friends in Cambodia. Each time I post their ideas and see their photos it makes my heart smile.

Supplies:

  • paint – red, yellow, blue
  • white paper
  • paint brushes

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Creativity Spark: What happens when we mix the colors red, yellow and blue?

  • Before reading the book: Today we are going to use our imagination and paint pictures using these three colors – red, yellow and blue. I’m going to give you a few minutes to paint any picture you’d like. Use your imagination.
  • Working with such eager and enthusiastic teachers is nothing less than pure joy that gets my educational adrenalin pumping!
  • I was impressed how these kindergarten teachers created an open-ended art exploration prior to reading this familiar book aloud.
  • Usually I see teachers use this book to teach how to mix colors. Letting the students explore first encourages inventive thinking.

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  • While reading the book: I want you to use your three paint colors – red, yellow and blue to paint along while I read the story.
  • I thought inviting the children to paint while following along with the story was a brilliant twist.
  • Traditionally, the teacher reads, the students listen and then the teacher introduces an activity.
  • Painting while listening to the story is much more engaging and creates hands-on learning.
  • Love it! Love them! Miss them!

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Alternate Book: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

  • Leo Lionni takes mixing colors to a deeper level. Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends. One day when they meet they hug so long that they both turn green. This is where the simple little book helps us take a deeper look at friendship and appreciating differences.

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Book: Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

  • What will Marisol do? She has volunteered to paint the sky for the class mural but she can’t find any blue. Once again Peter H. Reynolds celebrates the creative process and encourages the artists that lives inside of all children.

Supplies:

  • watercolor paints
  • paint brushes
  • watercolor paper or card-stock
  • sharpies

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Experimenting with Sky Colors by Miss Enigma, age 7

Creativity Spark: Can you paint a sky without using the color blue?

  • Before reading the book: Today we are going to experiment with colors and challenge ourselves to paint a sky without using the color blue. You can paint any picture you’d like.
  • The kiddos painted for about ten minutes painting sky colors with their water color paints.

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Sky Color Inspired Art by MacGyver, age 11

  • After reading the book: Did you get any new painting ideas from Marisol and the illustrator of the book?
  • We took a few minutes to review the painting techniques used by Peter H. Reynolds.
  • We like Reynold’s simple, black pen and ink drawings with water color paint.
  • Inspired by Sky Color, the kids painted Sky Color inspired landscapes.
  • MacGyver found it a bit tricky to paint the sky without the color blue. At first his colors blended together making swamp color sky. We dabbed off the water color paint with a wet paper towel and he added a new layer of color being careful not to mix the colors too much.

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 Sky Color Inspired Art by Miss Enigma, age 7

    •  Miss Enigma began by drawing an imaginary house for our family. It comes complete with a fun tunnel slide. If only.
    • Family, friends, our dogs and fairies are her artistic specialty.
    • She finished off her drawing by painting a fiery sunset.
    • She included several painting techniques we have learned throughout the years, including sprinkling salt on the wet paint.
    • I find her Sky Color thoroughly enchanting.
    • I wish I could still draw like an uninhabited child!

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We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Vincent van Gogh’s Cat

  • by the Second Grade Students of East Washington Academy

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you like art museums? Or do you find them a big bore?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, September 7, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, September 8, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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Back to School Series: critical thinking – problem solving – imagination

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

brianna September 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Love this!

joanne September 4, 2014 at 4:22 am

I love to go to museums.

Tara H September 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

It’s been forever since I’ve been to an art museum. I’d love to take our boys to see if we would enjoy it.

Nicky September 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

We love art museums!
I can remember when art was in school growing up… More than once a month, and we went with our art teacher to the Chicago Art Institute. I can remember walking through the Chagall stained glass corridor like it was yesterday.

ET Pruitt September 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I enjoy going to art museums.

Robin Guerra September 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I love art museums, we had some cool ones in Berlin. If you get a chance there is a nice collection of Salvador Dali in St Petersburg Fl.
I love art, books and kids..

Jeannine September 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Robin, We have so much in common! We totally love the McNay in San Antonio.

maryanne @ mama smiles September 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I love art museums, but my eight-year-old has decided they are boring. I am working to change that!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants September 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Your kids pictures are lovely! We do love art museums and should go there more often!

Dianne September 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I love any kind of museum.

Nicky Beaty September 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

Yay! I never win anything like this! So excited! I’ll email now :) thank you so much!

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